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my first build

Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by Strazza, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    The reviewers n newegg are idiots, always. Buy the Sapphire.
    Overall, that's an excellent parts list.
     
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    That looks pretty good. Of course since you're in Australia you're kinda paying about 1100 US dollars. Over here that would get me a much better video card, CPU, memory, and still have the case included in the price.
     
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    Quit bragging, we're not all as fortunate.
     
  4. abuzar1

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    lol I'm just remarking on the prices everywhere.
     
  5. papola

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    Yes those specs are excellent. My PC is in need of an upgrade pretty soon. Still have a P4 3.2 which I am told is obsolete nowadays! Anyway this PC is going to hit its 3 year mark soon, and that is when I usually upgrade.

    @Abuzar1

    You probably don't mean to brag, but you do come of it that way on a number of posts. Kinda makes the poster feel like they aren't getting their money's worth. Just a little "constructive criticism". Lol
     
  6. sammorris

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    I'd agree with that, no offense intended, but try not to tell too many people they're getting ripped off if there's nothing they can do about it. Over the years I've spent about £5000 on PC parts worth around $7000, when the exchange rate for the US dollar has never been below 1.7 . Go figure.
     
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    Alright sorry guys, I'll try to keep it in for a while lol.
     
  8. sammorris

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    If I'm honest, disregard my previous comment. You can see what's going on in the official PC building thread and OC thread. I'm really in no position to criticise you, when I'm ten times as guilty myself.

    See you in a few days Abuzar.
     
  9. Strazza

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    lol don't worry about it. i know that australia gets screwed on everything and i don't see it changing too soon. but i like australia and personally, i think it's the best place for someone to grow up.

    what about a case? something thats cheap, easy to install everything in, and wont overheat and melt into a pile of goo (or molten metal).
     
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    oh thanks. that card's a much better deal.
    and whats another $15 right.

    case? does it even matter?
     
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  13. Strazza

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    that case would be nice but its a bit outside my price range. i was hoping for something that costs less than $100... around the $60 mark would be better lol. as i've said before, i don't care what it looks like, i just want something that stays cool.

    edit: just had a look and all full towers from techbuy are over $150. will a midi tower be okay?
     
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  14. sammorris

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    thanks. that was actually one of the cases that i was looking at. do you think that the stock fans will work well enough?

    i think i'm all sorted now. my budget is completely blown (my total is up to $1,603.75 AUD now) but i guess that's what they're made for. i'll head to some local shops tomorrow morning and see if they can give me a decent deal.

    just in case you're interested here's the monitor i'm getting if i order my parts from techbuy:
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/72503/MONITORS_19LCD/MitsubishiDV196BW.asp
    it's not my dream monitor, but for the price, i dont think i can do much better.

    one final question: do i need to get a UPS?

    edit: why did i have to look at the "New PC build oppinions" thread. the monitor that sam posted there looks so much better than the 19" mitsubishi....
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/68713/MONITORS/Samsung/205BW.asp
     
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  16. sammorris

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    The stock fans in coolermaster cases are a bit naff, but unless you've a high powered PC, they probably do the job well enough.

    about the monitor, sorry mate, but on a strict budget, you have to take all components into account. 19" monitors typically aren't that much cheaper than 20s, so if you had anything spare in the coffers, you could try for that, but by the sounds of it, you may have to settle for the 19. It's not a bad monitor by any means, but you obviously do have to use a lower resolution.
    As far as the UPS goes, I wouldn't bother unless you have regular power failures where you live. Unless you get more than 3 a year, it doesn't seem cost effective.
     
  17. Strazza

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    i know it's been a while and that this thread was at the bottom of the pile, but i just wanted someone to take one last look at my parts list. i'll be ordering these parts very soon so now would be the time to tell me if there is anything that's incompatible.

    the only thing that has changed since i last posted is the DVD drive. techbuy no longer sells the one that i was planning on getting.

    Motherboard:
    Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R (rev2.0)
    LGA775, P35, 1333FSB, 4x DDR2-1066, PCI-Ex16, 8x SATA-II, RAID, GigLAN, 8Chl, ATX
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/77428/MOTHERBOARD_INTEL_SOCKET_775_CORE_2/Gigabyte/GA-P35-DS3R-V2.asp
    $186.50

    Processor:
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13GHz), LGA775, 4MB Cache, 1066Mhz FSB, ATX
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/71504/CPU_CORE_2_DUO_EXTREME/Intel/BX80557E6420.asp
    $283.35

    RAM:
    Corsair 2048MB (2 x 1024MB) PC2-6400 800Mhz DDR2 RAM - 4-4-4-12 - TWIN2X2048-6400C4
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/62593/MEMORY_DDR-2_RAM/Corsair/TWIN2X2048-6400C4.asp
    $120.85

    Harddrive:
    Samsung 500GB 7200rpm Serial ATA-II-300 HDD w. 16MB Cache (HD501LJ)
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/67100/HDD_INTERNAL_SATA-II_DRIVES/Samsung/HD501LJ.asp
    $154.80

    DVD drive:
    ASUS DRW-2014L1T DVD-RW Drive - SATA
    20x DVD±R,8x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, Lightscribe - Dual Panels
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/77495/DVDROM_DVD_WRITERS/ASUS/DRW-2014L1T.asp
    $63.25

    Graphics Card:
    XpertVision Radeon HD 3870 - 512MB DDR4, 256-bit, 2x DVI, HDTV - PCI-Ex16 v2.0
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/78504/VIDEOCARDS_RADEON_PCI-EXPRESS_2.0_SERIES/XpertVision/B339.asp
    $321.45

    PSU:
    Corsair VX550W - 550W Power Supply, ATX12V 2.2, 120mm Fan, 6x SATA, 1x 6-pin PCI-Ex, 1x 6+2-pin PCI-Ex Connectors
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/77420/POWERSUPPLIES_ATX/Corsair/CMPSU-550VXAU.asp
    $147.20
    Monitor:
    Mitsubishi DV196BW LCD Monitor
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/72503/MONITORS_19LCD/Mitsubishi/DV196BW.asp
    $258.70

    Case:
    CoolerMaster Centurion 534 Midi-Tower Case - USB, Audio, Firewire, ATX, no PSU - Black
    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/71845/CASINGS_MIDI-TOWER/CoolerMasterRC-534-KKN2.asp
    $83.60

    if there are no problems with this setup this will most likely be my last post on this thread. i'd like to thank all the people who gave me their suggestions and opinions, especially sammorris and abuzar1. you've saved me a world of time and headaches.
     
  18. sammorris

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    That's a solid parts list, but I'd recommend trying to get a slightly higher calibre brand of HD3870 if you can, such as HIS, Sapphire, Asus, Gigabyte or MSI.
     
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    Very tasty - that's probably the best 3870 you can buy.
     

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